The Structured Workplace Learning program is part of the Andrews’ Labor Government initiative in 2016 to help school students secure work placements and on-the-job training as part of their Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.

The new SWL program provides support to schools to help find placements for students who are difficult to place. The program also source SWL vacancies from employers and manages a state-wide Portal.

The program is being facilitated by the 31 LLENs (Local Learning & Employment Networks) across the state of Victoria

The Hume Whittlesea LLEN utilises the well established relationships with relevant stakeholders to facilitate the requirements of the program and to provide enhanced connections between schools and local businesses and industries.

The vision for the Hume Whittlesea LLEN is to optimise the social and economic participation of young people by:

  • Supporting young people in their career and pathway development;

  • Creating and strengthening connections between young people, education providers, industry partners, community agencies and Governments;

  • Raising young people’s aspirations and broadening their scope of opportunities and choices.

 

The Hume and Whittlesea Youth Commitments, as the driving force of the work undertaken by the Hume Whittlesea LLEN, are well placed to fulfil the expectations of the Structured Workplace Learning which include:

  • facilitating access to appropriate SWL placements for students undertaking VET as part of their VCE, VCAL & SBATs

  • facilitating engagement between schools & employers, and support schools to work directly with employers to place students into SWL placements

  • liaising with employers and maintain information on the online portal to ensure it is current and meaningful

  • identifying local needs and industry priorities for appropriate SWL placements

  • sourcing local SWL placements for difficult to place students, and

  • collaborating with schools and other service providers to provide young people with holistic, integrated support to assist them to engage, and re-engage, in education and training.

Benefits for Employers
  • Opportunity for involvement in the education and development of students.

  • Opportunity to contribute to the development of entry level skills in industry.

  • Opportunity to promote to young people the career potential of their industry.

  • Opportunity to develop the training and supervisory skills of employees.

  • Opportunity for employers to mentor young people in their career decision-making.

  • Opportunity to create dialogue with teachers on aspects of work readiness and other matters related to work.

  • Building industry-school partnerships that provide for local community needs and endeavours.

  • Encouraging students to become involved with businesses in their local community.

Benefits for the Community
  • Provision of links between LLENs, Workplace Learning Coordinator (WLC) services, local government, industry, unions, and education and training providers, to maximise employment and training outcomes for young people.

  • Involvement of schools, training organisations and communities in collaborative projects.

Opportunity for young people to become actively involved in building the local community, especially in regional and rural areas.

What is Structured Workplace Learning?

Structured workplace learning is on-the-job training during which a student is expected to master a set of skills or competencies related to a course accredited as part of either the VCE or the VCAL.  It provides the context for:

  • enhanced skill development;

  • practical application of industry knowledge;

  • assessment of units of competence/modules, as determined by the school or RTO; and

  • increased employment opportunities.

 

Benefits for Students
  • Improved understanding of the work environment and employers’ expectations.

  • Exposure to the world of work.

  • Increased self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence, especially in the workplace.

  • Increased motivation to continue study and/or undertake further training.

  • Enhanced opportunities for part-time and casual employment.

  • Opportunity to develop and gain work-related competencies.

  • Opportunity to acquire skills relevant to the workplace.

  • Opportunity to try out career choices before leaving school.

  • Opportunity to develop contacts with potential employers.

  • Opportunity to demonstrate mastery of specific skills and competencies related to the accredited course which they are undertaking.

  • Opportunity to undertake relevant courses which count towards the student’s exit credential and articulate into further education and training.

Benefits for Schools
  • Improved knowledge and understanding of changing work environments.

  • A positive relationship between the school, local community and industry.

  • Opportunity to work collaboratively with parents in their child’s schooling.

  • Providing a relevant curriculum which helps students develop skills for life-long learning.

Benefits for Parents/Guardians
  • Opportunity to discuss with their child the topic of work, including their own previous and current experiences.

  • Opportunity to positively contribute to their child’s secondary education.

  • Opportunity for family involvement in discussions about further education, training and employment.

For more information please contact:

Structured Workplace Learning  

 

Christine Panagiotou

Structured Workplace Learning Officer

E: christine.p@hwllen.com.au

M: 0401 354 506

PH:  (03) 9309 5500

Call Us: 03 9309 5500   /  54-58 Dimboola Road, Broadmeadows VIC  3047  /  PO Box 3238, Broadmeadows  VIC  3047

The HWLLEN recognise the rich Indigenous heritage of this country and acknowledge the traditional owners of the land.

“We proudly support the Hume Employment & Learning Committee”

The HWLLEN is supported by the Victorian Government.  Proudly created with Wix.com